13 April 2010
The Findhorn Foundation’s Inspired Action conference has drawn overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants.
The line-up of presenters included Satish Kumar, the editor of Resurgence Magazine and a voice of the green movement; Alastair McIntosh, an academic and activist; David Nicol, director of the Gaiafield Centre for Subtle Activism at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and the Venerable Robina Courtin, a Buddhist nun who works with inmates within prisons.
An Easter Sunday invocation and meditation workshop was led by Dorothy Maclean, the 90-year-old co-founder of the Findhorn Community.
Many felt deeply inspired by the presentations, and empowered and energised by workshop sessions that allowed them to delve deeper into ways in which they can make a difference in the world.
They also valued the opportunity to stay in the pioneering ecovillage and interact with like-minded people committed to sustainable living and the well-being of the planet.
When asked to rate their three highlights, one participant said: “Dorothy, Dorothy, Dorothy!” Her continued guiding presence in the community was seen as a major plus by a number of those surveyed.
The Game of Transformation, which was developed at the Findhorn Foundation, was also a popular highlight in the full programme of events.
Other comments included praise for the calibre and commitment of the leading speakers: “They were inspiring and I am in awe of such developed souls.” Another said: “What I found most valuable was the feeling of working together for the greater good by inner work and outer action.”
Typical of the feedback was gratitude for new perceptions and new ways of dealing with challenges. “It has helped me greatly to focus on what I want to do and the next steps.”
Conference focaliser Margo van Greta was delighted that the plan had come together successfully after more than three years of preparation, attracting 57 participants as well as a number of interested community members. Their written feedback is being analysed with a view to further enhancing and fine-tuning future events.
“How could we have made the conference more accessible to more people?” she asked, pointing out that the Universal Hall could have accommodated up to 300 people if necessary. “There was quality rather than quantity, and I trust that the right people were here.”